|Margaret Pomeranz, AM|
|Born||Margeret Anne Jones-Owen
14 July 1944
Waverley, New South Wales
|Residence||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Education||Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney; Macquarie University; National Institute of Dramatic Art|
|Occupation||Film critic (At the Movies)|
|Employer||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Known for||Film critic & television personality|
Board member of
|Advertising Standards Board; Film Critics Circle of Australia; Watch on Censorship; Australian Writers' Foundation|
Pomeranz (née Owen) was born in 1944 in Waverley, a suburb of Sydney, and was educated at the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney in Croydon, the then newly opened Macquarie University, and the Playwright's Studio at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
Together with David Stratton, she hosted the long-running SBS TV program, The Movie Show from 1986 until 2004. She now appears on the ABC version of the program, At the Movies beginning in 2005. On 16 September 2014, Pomeranz and Stratton announced they would be retiring at the end of the 2014 series. The ABC confirmed that the series would end with the last episode to be broadcast on 9 December 2014.
She also had an uncredited role in the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, as Adam's mother.
In addition to being a critic, Pomeranz is also an anti-censorship campaigner. She was a prominent attendee and was briefly detained by police at an attempted 2003 protest screening of the controversial film Ken Park, banned in Australia. She has been critical of the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (now the Australian Classification Board), the Australian censorship body, on a number of occasions, and has actively spoken out against production companies refusing to give preview screenings for critics.
She is prominently noted for her large earrings she wears on the show, apparently designed by her friend.
Pomeranz has recently appeared as herself in several Australian comedy programs.
In 2009's Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure she and David Stratton review Lawrence Leung's attempt to set a world record for solving the Rubik's Cube whilst sky diving, as they sit on the landing site in their trademark armchairs.
Pomeranz also appeared as herself in:
- a 2000 episode of Australian comedy show Pizza, a show known for celebrity cameos
- Australian sketch comedy show Full Frontal in a 1995 episode
- 1993 Australian comedy film Hercules Returns
- Censorship in Australia
- 2004 in Australian television
- List of Old Girls of PLC Sydney
- List of Macquarie University people
- "Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton roll end credits on 28-year film review partnership; At The Movies will not return to ABC in 2015". ABC News (16 September 2014). Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- Screen Daily
- It's an Honour